These are the most commonly and highly contaminated foods with pesticides and chemicals, even after washing and peeling. The research used to compile this list is from extensive independent tests run by the FDA and the USDA from over 100,000 samples of food. The chemical pesticides detected in these studies are known to cause cancer, birth defects, nervous system and brain damage, and development problems in children.
- Spinach (and other greens including lettuce)
- Peaches and Nectarines
- Grapes (especially imported grapes)
- Bell Peppers (Red & Green)
So if you can, spend a little extra and buy organic, or try to grow some of them yourself. It’s cheaper and actually a lot of fun!